Ruth Ann Barnes
Ruth Ann Barnes,of Newark, passed away at home surrounded by her family on Thursday, February 10. She was 60.
Ruth was born on April 2, 1944 in Bryson City, NC to Minnie Belle (Sutton) Cook and the late Pink Jesse Cook, Sr.
Ruth was a very organized person who enjoyed arts, crafts, taking care of her dog Slider, and spending time with her husband, children and grandchildren.
Along with her mother, Ruth is survived by her husband of 23 years, James Verdon Barnes; 5 sons, Joseph Barnes of Las Vegas, NV, James Barnes and wife Dorraine of Middletown, Brian Keith Pinder of MD, Stacy Pinder and wife Jennifer of Newark, Shaun Barnes and wife Christine of Newark; 6 grandchildren; 4 sisters, and 2 brothers.
Funeral services were held on Monday, February 14, at Beeson Memorial Services of Newark, 2053 Pulaski Hwy, Rt. 40.
Interment was in Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery.
Memorial contributions in Ruth's name may be made to Delaware Hospice, 3515 Silverside Rd., Wilmington, DE 19801.
William C. Delong
William C. Delong,of Townsend, passed away on February 9th in BayHealth Medical Center in Dover. He was 73.
Funeral Services were held on Sunday, February 13, in the DANIELS & HUTCHISON Funeral Home, 212 N. Broad Street, Middletown. Interment was in the Townsend cemetery. Contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 92 Reads Way, Suite 205, New Castle,
Dr. Alfonso Garbayo, M.D.
Dr. Alfonso Garbayo, M.D., of Newark, passed away on Monday, February 7, , at Christiana Hospital. He was 76.
Born in Tudela, Spain on January 11, 1929, Dr. Garbayo was the son of the late Julio Garbayo and Mercedes Abascal Garbayo.
He completed medical school and his residency in Zarrogoza, Spain before moving to the United States in 1956, where he continued his training in Watertown, NY.
In private practice for over 25 years, he was well regarded in the psychiatric community for his especial care and concern for those he treated. It was not uncommon for Dr. Garbayo to visit his hospitalized patients at all hours of the day, at any time they needed comfort. He also offered his services at the Westside Mental Health Clinic in Wilmington, providing psychiatric care for members of the Hispanic community. A longtime member of the Medical Society of Delaware, Dr. Garbayo retired from active practice in 1996.
Throughout his life, Dr. Garbayo shared with others his enthusiasm for Spanish history, heritage and food. To his sons, he imparted his great pride in Spanish culture and the importance of preserving these traditions for their own children.
A devout Catholic, Dr. Garbayo was a member of Holy Family parish in Newark.
He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Maria M. Juarbe Garbayo; 2 sons, Alfonso E. Garbayo and his wife, Kathleen, of Middle-town and Julio Frederico Garbayo and his wife, Karen, of Leonardo, NJ; 6 siblings, MariCarmen Escandon of Deal, NJ, Maria Jos‚ Garbayo of Spain, Anna Mari Garbayo of Belgium, and Maria Victoria Garbayo, Javier Garbayo and Juan Pedro Garbayo, all of Spain; 6 grandchildren, Evan, Alec, Trevor, Carly, Nikita and Ashley Garbayo; many nieces and nephews; and his best friend, Antonio Sacre and his wife, Mary, of Wilmington.
He was preceded in death by four siblings, Antonio Garbayo, Jos‚ Ignacio Garbayo, Rafael Garbayo and Maria Ines Garbayo.
A memorial mass was held on Friday, Feb. 11, , at Holy Family R.C. Church, E. Chestnut Hill and Gender Roads, Newark.
Interment was held privately.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the National Kidney Foundation, 30 E. 33rd Street, Ste. 1100, New York, NY 10016; or to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
Julia E. Bonner
S P OJulia E. Bonner ,of Newark, passed away Thursday, February 10, 2005. She was 75.
Mrs. Bonner was a graduate of the St. Francis Hospital School of Nursing and spent 49 years as a nurse at St. Francis, retiring in 1997.
She was a volunteer for the St. Clair Outreach Van and attended the Academy of Lifelong Learning.
She is survived by her children, Maureen Gonzalez of Bermuda, Michael Bonner of Phoenix, AZ, Sheila Sharbaugh of Wilmington, DE, and Kathy Gildea and Karen Duke, both of Middletown,; her brothers, Martin Leonard of Boston, MA, Edmund Leonard of Falls Church, VA and Joseph Leonard of Bethany Beach, DE; and her grandchildren, Brian, Clare and Michael Gonzalez, Beau and Devin Bonner, Matt and Kelly Sharbaugh, Mick and Zach Gildea and Hannah Duke.
She was predeceased by her husband, James Bonner, in 2000.
Relatives and friends were invited to attend the Mass of Christian Burial on Wednesday, February 16, at St. Joseph on the Brandywine Church, 10 Old Church Rd., Greenville.
Burial was in the adjoining cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the St. Clair Outreach Van, PO Box 2500, Wilmington, DE 19805-0500.
Helen Robinson Brown
Helen Robinson Brown of Middletown, formerly of Willingboro, NJ, died peacefully at home on Thursday, February 10, 2005. She was 84.
She was born in Freehold, NJ, where she graduated from Freehold High School in 1938.
She was predeceased by her beloved husband, Floyd R. Brown, "Brownie", in 2001.
Helen is survived by her 2 sons, Robert and his wife, Jane, of Middletown, and Leonard and his wife, Linda, of Boynton Beach, FL; 8 grandsons; 4 great grandchildren; a sister, Marge Pettengill of Freehold, NJ; and 2 nephews.
Special appreciation goes to Hope and Charmaine for all of their loving care and in making sure that Ms. Helen was comfortable.
Visitation was on Sunday, February 13, at the FREEMAN FUNERAL HOME, 47 E. Main St., Freehold, NJ 07728.
A funeral was held on Monday, February 14, at St. Rose of Lima R.C. Church in Freehold.
Interment was in St. Rose of Lime Cemetery in Freehold.P O N S O R
James R. Wilson
James R. Wilson of North East, MD, passed away on Sunday, February 13, 2005, at home, with his wife and family, after a hard-fought battle with cancer. He was 77.
Born in 1927 in Coal City, IL, James, "Jim", served in the North Atlantic during WWII as a Navy radioman, and was on his way to Tokyo Bay when the war ended.
After the war, he began a long career in the automobile industry.
Starting as an assembly line worker with Chrysler in Detroit, MI, where he met his wife, Frances, Jim quickly learned that the automobile industry was his passion.
He joined Ford Motor Company as a sales representative and fleet manager and as he worked his way up in the company, he was transferred from MI to IA to MN, and finally to the East Coast.
Jim left Ford to pursue a management opportunity with the Holman Corporation in southern NJ.
After successfully managing Martin Lincoln-Mercury for several years, he fulfilled his dream and purchased a Ford dealership in 1974, Jim Wilson Ford, in Newark, DE.
He sold the dealership in 1978 and joined the Winner Ford organization.
Before his retirement in 2001, he served as an executive VP of Winner Group management.
James attended St. Michael Orthodox Church in Wilmington, DE and at one time served as parish council president.
He loved working on projects for and with his family.
He was an avid gardener, woodworker and fisherman.
He was noted for carrying a fishing rod in the trunk of his car just for those unexpected opportunities, and spent many hours fishing with his children on the lakes of MN and the Outer Banks of NC.
He will be remembered by his family, friends and co-workers for his care and compassion.
His children and grandchildren will never forget the support that he gave them in time of happiness, trouble and sorrow, as well as his frequently offered advice, "ability times effort equals achievement".
James is survived by his wife of 58 years, Frances (Ziots) Wilson; their children, Nancy Williams of Martinsburg, WV, Dr. John Wilson and his wife, Pamela, of North East, MD, Thomas Wilson and his wife, Barbara, of Pleasanton, CA, Mark Wilson and his wife, Kelly, of Middletown, DE; 9 grandchildren; and 1 great grandchild.
The funeral service will be held at 8 pm on Thursday, February 17, at St. Michael's Orthodox Church on the corner of 2300 W. Huntington Dr. & Kirkwood Hwy. in Wilmington, DE, where relatives and friends are invited to visit from 6-8 pm.
James will be laid to rest the following day in St. Tikhon Seminary Cemetery in South Canaan, PA, following a Panakhida (memorial service) in St. Tikhon Chapel.
The family welcomes flowers or donations to St. Michael Orthodox Church.
Leilani M. Gillespie
Leilani M. Gillespie of Townsend, DE died Monday, February 14, 2005, at home. She was 52. Service and burial will be private.
Ronald A. Bice
Ronald A. Bice of Middletown passed away Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2007, at his home, surrounded by his loving family. He was 82.
Mr. Bice was born May 21, 1924, in Fairmont, W.Va., son of the late Mary (Davis) and James E. Bice.
He received a Master of Arts degree from West Virginia University
He served his country in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II.
He was a teacher at Middletown High School for 33 1/2 years. In 1981, he won Delaware Teacher of the Year. Throughout his career at MHS, he coached basketball and football, where he also refereed and served as athletic director. He was also a draftsman.
He was an active member at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church for more than 50 years. He proudly served his community and was always willing to help those in need.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Eileen; a son, Joe; and a daughter, Mary Shannon.
He is survived by three daughters and two sons-in-law, Michele Gillespie, Ann and Otis Gillespie and Jane and Keith Arcomone; a son and a daughter-in-law, Toby and Ruthie Bice; a brother, Glenn Bice; 14 grandchildren, Allan and his wife, Nicole, Sabrina, Matt and his fiancée, Stephanie, Brandon, Lauren, Nina, Maeghan, Shannon, Andrea, Allyson, Emily and Toby Jr.; five great-grandchildren, Nate, Joey, Cali, Makenna and Matt Jr.; and a sixth great-grandchild due in April.
Mass of Christian burial was Feb. 13 at St. Joseph’s Parish, Middletown.
Burial was in Old Bohemia Cemetery, Warwick, Md.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Make A Wish Foundation of Mid-Atlantic, 10920 Connecticut Avenue, Kensington, MD 20895.
William D. ‘Bill’ Billings
William D. “Bill” Billings of Middletown passed away on Monday, Feb. 5, 2007, at the Trinity Mission Nursing Facility in Charlottesville, Va. He was 82.
Mr. Billings was born in Stony Point, N.C., son of the late William and Claire Billings.
He grew up in an orphanage in Barium Springs, N.C.
He graduated from Catawba College, where he earned a degree in physical education.
Mr. Billings served in the U.S. Air Force and was a veteran of World War II.
He was a teacher and coach for more than 30 years in North Carolina and Delaware.
Most noted for his football coaching expertise, he was recognized as a premier coach in both North Carolina and Delaware. He won numerous state championships and coach of the year awards. He was elected to the Catawba College Sports Hall of Fame in 1997 and to the Delaware Sports Hall of Fame in 1998. He had 10 undefeated seasons in his tenure. While at Middletown High School, he led his first six teams to a 53 game win streak, a record that still stands today.
More importantly, Mr. Billings will be remembered for the lives he touched. He instilled dedication and compassion in his children and grandchildren. In his later years, he enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Glen Watts; and a grandson, Drake Billings.
He is survived by his college sweetheart and wife of 58 years, Carol (Heatwol) Billings; a daughter and a son-in-law, Donna and Tom Nash of Charlottesville, Va.; three sons and a daughter-in-law, Herky Billings of Lewes, Ken Billings of Annapolis, Md., and Freddy and Lisa Billings of Berlin, Md.; 10 grandchildren, Brendan Nash, Mary Nash and Katy Nash, all of Charlottesville, Abby Billings, Jesse Billings and Josh Nash, all of Lewes, Luke Billings and Laura Billings, both of Middletown, and Rose Billings and Claire Billings, both of Berlin, Md.; three sisters, Mabel Hicks of Richmond, Va., and Helen Hatcher and Evelyn Crisman, both of Chesapeake, Va.; and many nieces and nephews.
Services were held Feb. 10 at the Middletown Volunteer Hose Company.
Burial with military honors was Feb. 12 at Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 2465 Chesapeake City Road, Bear.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to the Bill Billings Scholarship Fund at Middletown High School, 120 Silver Lake Road, Middletown DE 19709.
Sherry O. Prinski Savage
Sherry O. Prinski Savage of Townsend passed away on Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2007, surrounded by her family. She was 58.
Mrs. Savage was born on Sept. 17, 1948, in Wilmington, daughter of the late Joseph and Betty Prinski.
She loved to play scrabble, spend time with her grandchildren, camp with her husband, play pinochle at the M.O.T Jean Birch Senior Center, play her accordion at family gatherings and paint ceramics.
She was a former school bus driver, co-owner of the Blackbird Deli and “The Holiday Shop.” She enjoyed teaching ceramics at the M.O.T. Senior Center and at Broadmeadow Health Care.
Mrs. Savage was an officer of the American Legion Auxiliary and a team captain for the American Cancer Society Relay for Life in Middletown.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a son, Mark W. Savage.
She is survived by her husband of 40 years, Alfred “Butch” Savage Jr.; a son and a daughter-in-law, Michael and Elizabeth Savage of Townsend; a daughter and a son-in-law, Debbie A. and Bobby Helm of Smyrna; a sister and a brother-in-law, Sheila and Bill Moore of New Castle; a brother and a sister-in-law, Joseph and Gretchen Prinski of Ocean Pines, Md.; three grandsons, Robbie Helm, Joseph Savage and Jason Savage; numerous nieces and nephews; good friends, Kathy, Liz, Janet, Louise, Pixie and Susan; and many others.
Mass of Christian Burial was Feb. 12 at St. Joseph Parish, Middletown.
Burial was in All Saints Cemetery, Newark.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the M.O.T. Jean Birch Senior Center, 300 S. Scott St., Middletown, DE 19709.